Selfcare To Do List (a fun one)

When you have lots to do or you are too tired to do much of anything, it’s easy to forget to look after your mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. Here’s a handy list of things, some of which are fun, some are practical and some are selfless but not really because, let’s be honest, it feels nice to be nice. ^_^

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Daily

Drink water, probably should drink a bit more

Take meds/vits

Coffee or Protein Smoothie (which still contains coffee)

Eat x3 (preferably not all at once toward the evening!)

Facial Serum/Oil

Fix hair (just combing the beast totally counts)

Wear at least one thing I really like such as earrings, pointy boots, mascara or a sparkly pin.

Record one thing which made me happy/grateful that day, either on Instagram or happiness journal.

Take at least 30 minutes to myself with no interruptions if needed.

Get off my ass and volunteer to make a brew/take empty plates into kitchen etc. x3

Gentle stretching/balance/co-ordination (whisper it) exercises

 

Weekly

Treat myself to any food I like

Have an evening totally to myself

Read part of novel (C,mon you have seven days to choose from, seven!)

Watch trashy TV shows that make me smile or laugh

Herd caterpillar (pluck eyebrow/s)

Pet or feed a cute animal (caterpillar does not count)

Some kind of grocery shopping OUTSIDE (yes, that place where there is sunlight and air)

Facemask/facepack/natural skin peel

Do a good deed

Blog/comment on other blogs

Do a load of washing

Iron (bahahaahaaaahaa!)

Hug or at least phone my Dad

Exercise on cross trainer

Get tipsy

(important to get the latter two in the right order)

 

Monthly

Go out for a proper meal

Have a completely needless but totally indulgent bubble bath

Check bank statements (for possible beer induced purchases)

Trim hair-canopy back to recognisable fringe/bangs

Monthly round-up on my blog/Instagram

Drop that item off at the charity shop/food bank in supermarket

Watch a film I love

Have fresh flowers in the living room

Chrissie

My Favourite 90’s Christmas Films

I didn’t intentionally start out with only 90’s films but all of my fave crimbo films happened to have been made then!

Jack Frost (1998)

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A too busy father dies in an accident and then comes back in the form of a snowman his son builds. Sounds cheesy and it is but it’s also funny and heart-warming.

Home Alone (1990)

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Kevin gets accidentally left behind when his family go on holiday. He realises burglars are intent on breaking in and so he improvises to defend his home, with effective and hilarious consequences.

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

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A Jim Henson twist on Dicken’s A Christmas Carol of course! I watched this the other week and it still stands up as wonderfully creative, funny and surprisingly moving christmas film.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

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When Jack Skellington, the king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town he is fascinated by it. He tries to recreate it and chaos ensues, along with a love story as Jack is quite sweet really.

Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

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A sceptical six year old and and a department store santa who say he is The Santa but can they prove it? An oddly-practical but charming christmas fairytale.

Which are your five general christmas favourite’s?

Chrissie

 

 

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Traditional Christmas Wish List

Atkins Harvest Gluten-free Bars

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The daily kind of diet which I’ve found suits me the most is one with lots of veggie protein and oils/fats, a lesser amount of carbs as my body is very sluggish at digesting these, natural sugar (meaning the only thing I add sugar to is my coffee) and a higher than average amount of salt, to help my body actually absorb the water I drink and help regulate my POTS.

Although not marketed as actual protein energy bars, the amount of nuts and seeds in Atkins Harvest provided me with enough protein to gently pick me up from a mid-afternoon slump and keep me feeling full until a late dinner. I love the crunchy, sticky texture that these bars have which is something I really miss when I eat those soft fruit based snack bars.

Chrissie

Rose Gold Wishlist

Rose Gold Wishlist

McCall’s Organics – A Great Resource for Dairy-free & Gluten-free Vegetarians in Manchester

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McCall’s Organics is located on Church Street, where the family have been trading since 1920! They stock fresh fruit and veg, baking goods, snacks, veggie pâté, veggie ready meals, fresh bread, spreads, healthy drinks, cruelty free beauty and household goods, dairy free cheese and chocolate.

Usually in a small-ish shop I have to really search to find anything gluten or dairy free and have even been so pleased to find something that I haven’t noticed it contained meat! McCall’s stocked every single veggie free-from thing that I usually buy, apart from the Genius brand, which I can get from any supermarket anyway. It was like someone had made a shop just for me!

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Here is my shopping, you might have noticed I’ve reviewed some of these before. I would have gotten more but this is all I could carry. (clockwise in a spiral sort of shape) Eat Real Quinoa Chips in Sundried Tomato and Roasted Garlic; These are so tasty and perfect for scooping up humus or guac. Free and Easy Tomato Soup; I’ve really missed Heinz cream of tomato soup and this is fairly sweet with a lovely thick consistency. V Pud, veggie black pudding which, although not perfect, is very recognisable as black pudding and very tasty. Vio Life Pizza Cheese; Not only does this melt well and grate well but it actually tastes of pizza! Bouja Bouja Hazelnut Truffles; Little sweet choccy truffles with a light dusting of bitter choccy on the outside (best kept in the fridge so they don’t go too gooey). Kingfisher Toothpaste (they stock various flavours) which is cruelty free of course. Free and Easy Vegetable Balti is a spicy vegetable stew type of curry, which is great with rice but surprisingly filling on it’s own. Weleda Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash for kids but I love it as it makes my course hair incredibly soft and shiny. Organic Smoked Tofu; I like this fried with white onion and yellow sweet pepper, with added salt and pepper. Faith in Nature Soap, which helps to balance skin, rather than dehydrating it. Ecoleaf Aloe vera Handwash (not seen), which is antibacterial, cares for skin and only has a subtle scent so perfect when cooking.

What are your favourite free-from and cruelty free shops?

Chrissie

Basic Style You’ll Want To Show Off

Loungewear You'll Want To Show Off

 

Which would you put together?
Chrissie

Why I’ll Always Blog About Personal-Style Rather Than Fashion

I read in the news a few days ago that people were queuing over night in Manchester because a shop had a certain pair of Adidas trainers on sale. The sale price was £85!

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Apart from being on a budget, I always dress for comfort over style, otherwise my sensory problems would mean I’d be dragging the item off after an hour for being too hot/cold/tight/loose/high necked/wide necked. Plus, if I wanted to be a serious fashion blogger I’d have to get my wonky facial expressions under control, which would take far – far to much concentration from me, and patience from the person with the camera, haha!

There is also the whole thing of being an individual and not being a sheep in designer clothing but I’ll not patronise you with that rant. I know that affordable designer clothing being available in vintage shops – international street style driving trends – designers collaborating with bloggers and hip-hop artists etc. has pretty much blurred the lines between personal-style and fashion but I still think it’s really important to care more about who you are, rather than who the designer of your shoes are.

Here are some of my favourite Outfits of the Day (oldest to newest) from the five years I’ve been blogging.

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dd6n6rkxcaahd8k-large1So in my personal style, over five years I reckon I’ve covered: Rock, punk, grunge, 90’s, casual ‘boyfriend’ look, urban, country, boho, pastel grunge and combinations of the above. Honestly, anything that suited my mood on the day.

 

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What’s your favourite personal-style?

Chrissie

 

Good Full Stop – Dairy and Gluten Free Bars

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Good Full Stop – located in Devon – have created fruit and nut bars that taste like enjoyable snacks (even chocolate bars) which are healthy and give you energy for longer. They are dairy and gluten free and have a low glycemic index. Perfect for people like me who need to keep blood sugar levels constant and also maintain energy throughout the day.

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Here are the flavours which really stood out for me…

Choc & Orange – I’m not usually a fan of this flavour combination but this was the perfect breakfast bar. Not too sweet and slightly tangy, it was a nice start to my day.

Fiery Choc & Chilli – I think this one might actually be too strong for most people but I loved it! Okay, so I had to give half to my Bloke for the sake of my tongue but I really would go out of my way to shop for these.

Mixed Nuts – A little disappointed with this one as I was hoping it would be very nutty with a rougher texture, rather than smooth and blended like the rest.

Cherry & Maple – I’ve never heard of this flavour combination before (maybe an influence from across the Atlantic?) but it works so well. I ate this far too quickly and then was sad three was non left, ha!

Which one’s would you try?

Chrissie